Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk says that Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is “very sure” that Liverpool are interested in signing him.
The Spanish international withdrew from contract negotiations with Bayern, and with just one year remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena, Falk claims Thiago is very confident of securing a move away from Germany this summer:
“I think he will leave but he has to bring a club. He is very sure that he has a club and we know the club. But the big question is is the club paying the fee that Bayern Munich is expecting.”
“We are talking about Liverpool. They don’t want to spend so much money this year and we know why they missed [Timo] Werner. If a player like Thiago is on the market, and they need a player in this position, then it is a question of money…”
“There have been no negotiations yet. Liverpool will have to pay the price for him and Bayern Munich is doing everything to sell him. They don’t want to let him go for free next summer.”
Falk goes into slightly more detail in an article for Sport Bild. It is thought that Liverpool are currently only prepared to pay €20m (£18m), but that Bayern are expecting to sell for at least double (€40m or £36m) that amount.
While Thiago appears to be very keen on a move to Anfield, the Reds seem reluctant to spend a sizeable amount on a 29-year-old, particularly in the current financial climate.
Reports suggest that until fans are allowed back inside stadiums again, Liverpool could well opt against making any significant moves in the transfer market, giving other clubs, such as Manchester United, the opportunity to sign the Bayern midfielder.